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Book Title: The Crooked Daughter

Author Name: D.M. Griffin

Genre: Biblical Fiction

Release Date: March 28, 2024

Choices her father made before she was even born reached a bony finger into her life, clouding her future with hopelessness. Her father’s cold heart had no room for her. He easily cast her aside when the Law permitted it. Defined as an outcast because of a physical infirmity, Priscilla was told death was her destiny. Despite the limited perspective brought about by years of adversity, Priscilla fought to keep hope alive and wait for the Lord’s timing.

Aquila lost his father at the most critical time in his life. Battling against grief and bitterness, Aquila uncovers a secret about his father’s death that undermines his faith in a religious system that once defined him. Driven from his homeland, Aquila becomes someone he no longer recognizes.

Two people whose perspectives are skewed by adversity become divinely intertwined in mysterious ways. As they wait upon the Lord for His timing, would Priscilla and Aquila ever find the truth that would lift their eyes to the hills so they could see the purpose of life, not only between a man and a woman but between God and His creation? A poignant story about how God uses adversity for good in the lives of those who truly love and trust Him.


Book Excerpt

She wasn’t able to feed herself. It wasn’t pity that moved into Prisca’s heart and stirred it up like the water everyone waited upon. It was compassion. She could relate to the crookedness of bones that were supposed to be straight. What she couldn’t imagine was being destined to starve to death because of it. She chided herself for the wasted moments of self-pity in recent days. There was always someone worse off, someone who had a far more treacherous path to travel.

Shifting the basket on her hip, Prisca made a move to take a piece of bread out for the woman. When she did, her foot caught the slick puddle forming on the stone ground. She tumbled, clinging to her staff as it slipped out from under her. She hit the step hard, too hard, catching her hip on the corner. If not for the stick wedging itself two steps below her, Prisca would have hit her head.

“Are you hurt?” The woman’s gentle voice matched the kindness in her eyes.

The throbbing was instantaneous. It moved from her pelvic area to her stomach and chest. Placing a hand over the most painful part where her body collided with stone, Prisca rubbed gently.


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About the Author

D.M. Griffin is the author of several Biblical Fiction novels as well as devotionals, prayer journals, and Bible studies. She will be releasing a Christian Fantasy series in 2025. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband. They met in middle school a few days after she was transplanted to the West Coast at the tender age of twelve. She has three adult children who have been an endless source of delight and inspiration. She also has a precious new grandchild who brings her joy.

As a native New England girl, she fondly remembers spending her summers there as a child. Thick accents, small towns, and fascinating weather stirred the imagination of a young heart. She has always had a fondness for stories thanks to her imaginative mother who would make up wild, adventurous tales to tell when tucking her into bed as a child.

She truly believes that a book that sits on a shelf unread is like a planted seed that never blossoms. Nothing delights her more than sharing a story.